Scientific Thinking Across the Centuries and the Foundations of Physics

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Friday 4 June 2021

Time: 17:00 BST


The St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics held a lecture by Professor Carlo Rovelli (Aix-Marseille University) entitled "Scientific Thinking Across the Centuries and the Foundations of Physics" on Friday 4 June 2021 at 17:00 BST by Zoom.

Renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Professor Carlo Rovelli examined the history of scientific thinking from Aristotle in antiquity to the present day and how this has shaped the development of modern physics. Professor Rovelli discussed the commonly misunderstood relation between Aristotelian and Newtonian physics. He also considered whether the radical revolutions in physics during the early 20th century have led scientists and philosophers to focus on the discontinuities and incommensurability between theories and how this might have had a damaging effect on scientific practice.


The session was recorded and you can watch the video below.